The Moonflower Monologues by Tess Guinery
She was written in the shadows, beneath the blankets of silent nights. Her words—violet milk. Her pages—tissues for diamond tears.
The perfumes from her pages fly high, laying to rest, upon beds of flowers. Light—sewn into her every syllable, holding anthems that carry hearts over bitter seas. She is a scented, dancing whisper, eyes closed, riding the wind, her paper hands grip wisdom’s gift, whilst trekking naked & thin-skinned—
So, just as the moonflower, dares to stand and bloom, growing bright and free, in the shadows of the moon; May these gentle pages, when planted just like seeds, carry breath to move you (& others) through the valleys and the messy seas—In the shadows—blooming.
"There is something wistful and necessary about this collection of poetry by Tess Guinery. With The Moonflower Monologues, Tess moves from the warm summertime insinuations of her previous works to perceiving the embrace of night as an intimate opportunity. She returns to crafting language that is hopeful and introspective, while cupping her reflections like water held in two deft and careful hands. The strength and femininity offered in these poems is kind, still and honest. Just as she says in one piece, "Begin, again." These poems are not just blooming conceptions; they are art that inspires one to find breath where breath may have been lacking. This is a most welcome edition to the world of art and language gathering around women today." — Teresa Archer, Managing Editor at Darling Magazine.